Col. Brett B. Robinson

Pictured l-r is Alison, Brett, and Doug Robinson.  The picture was taken on March 9, 2021, Brett’s “Fini” (final) Flight as an Air Force Pilot.  This flight was considered a “big deal” and the squadron, family and friends greeted him by dousing him with a fire hose and several bottles of champaign.  The C-17 he was flying is pictured in the background.

Col. Brett B. Robinson received the Legion of Merit award for his service to the US Air Force.  He is now retired after 23-years of duty in this branch of service.  A retirement ceremony was held Millersville, MD on June 12, 2021.  The Legion of Merit award is given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.

When a family has a member or members that have served in branches of the US military, there is the experience of overwhelming pride.  Alison and Doug Robinson are experiencing this rightful pride as their son, Col. Brett B. Robinson, retires from the U.S. Air Force.

On June 12, 2021, a ceremony was held in Millersville, MD in Col. Robinson’s honor.  The ceremony was attended by his parents and wife, Col. Jori A. Robinson.  At the ceremony, Col. Jori Robinson presided as “Presiding Official” and presented her husband’s Retirement Certification.  She is currently working at the Pentagon as an executive officer for Lt. General Loh, Director of the Air Force National Guard.

Col. Brett Robinson served as the Chief of Programs for the National Guard Bureau’s (GB) plans, Programs and Requirement Directorate where he helped direct the National Guard’s (ANG) $1B modernization and procurement of systems for combat and domestic response to fill federal and state needs.

Additionally, Col. Brett Robinson served as a congressional liaison for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs where he oversaw the Energy Installation and Environment portfolio which encompassed 28 million acres, over 500 installations with over 500,000 buildings and structures valued at a trillion dollars.

Other responsibilities and commitments included in the Col. Robinson’s biography include serving as Chief of Strategic Basing for the ANG, a congressional liaison for the NGB and an Air Force Congressional Fellow for Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).  He was a member of the Senator’s personal staff advising primarily on defense veterans affairs’ matters.  Col. Robinson received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in May 1998 where he was recognized as a Distinguished Graduate finishing in the Top 10% of his class.  He also completed a C-130 Initial Qualification Training at Little Rock AFB as a Distinguished Graduate.

A long list of training and service in the US Air Force was mentioned in a recent biography.  Included in the list is the following: completion of C-130 training at Little Rock AFB as a Distinguished tactic officer, scheduler, and Contingency Response Element Director of Operations.

When serving actively, Col. Robinson was a Command Pilot with approximately 2,000 flight hours flying C-40s, C-17s, and primarily C-130s with operation experience in Africa, Europe, and Asia, as well as combat tours in Afghanistan supporting Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQUI Freedom.

The family and friends of Col. Brett B. Robinson and Col. Jori A. Robinson applaud the couple for their service and commitment of serving in the U.S. Air Force 23 and 22 years, respectively.  Doug and Alison Robinson have been married for 52 years and have been blessed with three sons, Brett, Chris and Doug.